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October 8, 2021, 5:35 AM

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google and YouTube say they will prohibit ads and monetization on content that denies climate change, starting next month  —  Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
As Twitch grapples with the fallout from its giant data leak, a look at the impact on its streamers, who had extensive revenue and personal data leaked  —  The leak of source code and some internal security files does not expose sensitive data, according to a former Twitch employee.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Microsoft acquires Ally, whose software helps companies track and hit their goals; PitchBook: Ally was last valued at $345M after its $50M Series C in February  —  Microsoft has acquired Ally, a 3-year-old Seattle-based startup that helps companies track and hit their goals.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Maddie Stone / Grist:
Microsoft reaches an agreement with investor advocacy nonprofit As You Sow to make its devices easier to fix, increasing access to spare parts and repair docs  —  In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the company has committed to increasing access to spare parts and repair documents.
Louis Barclay / Slate:
Developer says Facebook banned him for life and threatened to sue after he made Unfollow Everything, a browser extension to help people use Facebook less  —  If someone built a tool that made Facebook less addictive—a tool that allowed users to benefit from Facebook's positive features …
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
How WhatsApp became a popular messaging app in the Global South, driven by high device compatibility and telecom partnerships  —  When the app suffered a six hour outage this week, millions of people's lives were thrown into turmoil.  Why were they there at all?  —  Alerts
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Microsoft says Russia carried out 58% of detected state-backed hacks in the year ending June 30, with a 32% success rate; China accounted for 8%  —  BOSTON (AP) — Russia accounted for most state-sponsored hacking detected by Microsoft over the past year, with a 58% share …
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Facebook removes its brand from its in-development social VR platform Facebook Horizon, renaming it as Horizon Worlds, and announces a $10M Creator Fund  —  Facebook removed its brand from in-development social VR platform Horizon and plans to focus the effort around VR-based building tools …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Many popular VPN services are owned by companies with shady track records, like London-based Kape Technologies, which also owns VPN review sites  —  Many virtual private network services that were meant to protect your web browsing can no longer be trusted.  Here are other ways.
The Verge:
Gov. Newsom signs Silenced No More Act, which ex-Pinterest employee Ifeoma Ozoma helped draft, to protect CA workers who call out discrimination despite NDAs  —  Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Silenced No More Act to protect whistleblowers in California  —  California governor Gavin Newsom signed …
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
A deep dive on Tether, which issued 48B coins this year, as regulators struggle to understand its cash reserves, organizational structure, and other details  —  A wild search for the U.S. dollars supposedly backing the stablecoin at the center of the global cryptocurrency trade—and in the crosshairs of U.S. regulators and prosecutors.
Wall Street Journal:
Ireland, where most US tech companies have their European HQ, says it will join the global agreement to set a minimum rate of 15% for taxing corporate profits  —  The country had been one of a small number of holdouts on an agreement that aims to overhaul global taxation
Gordon Gottsegen / Built In Chicago:
Chicago-based The Mom Project, a job site aimed at women returning to work, raises $80M Series C led by Leeds Illuminate, bringing its total raised to $106M  —  Too many women feel like they have to choose between being a good mom and having a good career.  The Mom Project wants to convince them that they can do both.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Visionrare, an NFT marketplace for “fantasy startup investing” where users spend money to buy fake shares in startups, shuts down the service after one day  —  Just over 24 hours into its open beta, Visionrare, which launched an NFT marketplace for “fantasy startup investing,” …

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